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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439903459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439903455
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Swindle series:

"Goofball-funny and addictive." —Kirkus Reviews

"Pure fun from top to bottom." —School Library Journal

"Korman's fast moving, feel-good suspense novel will have middle schoolers, especially boys, turning the pages." —Voice of Youth Advocates

About the Author

Gordon Korman wrote his first novel at age 12 as a Grade Seven writing assignment. He submitted it to Scholastic Canada where it was published soon after as This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! Since then, he has written more than 60 novels for middle-grade and young adult readers. His website is www.gordonkorman.com.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 18 2008
Format: Hardcover
Griffin Bing had a plan. He invited everyone he could think of to a sleepover at the Old Rockford House. It was scheduled to be demolished the next day, but Griffin hoped to use the sleepover as a protest of sorts. He was very disappointed that only his best friend, Ben, showed up.

A group of the kids had the idea that the city could build a skate park on the property when the creepy old house was torn down, but the city officials had other ideas. They thought a museum was a better idea. Griffin had organized the sleepover hoping to get the attention their plan deserved. Instead, all he got was a night in his sleeping bag listening to his friend Ben snore.

Before leaving the old house, the boys did a little exploring. Griffin accidentally discovered a secret drawer, and tucked in that drawer was a card - an old baseball card with a picture of Babe Ruth. He was sure it was valuable and would help solve his parents' financial problems.

After a narrow escape from the wrecking ball, Griffin and Ben hurry to Palomino's Emporium of Collectibles and Memorabilia to get the opinion of an expert. Much to their disappointment, S. Wendell Palomino gives them bad news. The card is a reproduction and worth very little. He offers them $120, and they take the money and run.

Imagine their surprise and fury when the nightly news is carrying the story of one S. Wendell Palomino and his incredible discovery of a valuable baseball trading card valued at $1,000,000. What follows is Griffin's new plan to get back the card he believes is rightfully his.

Gordon Korman has once again created a story sure to captivate middle grade audiences. His adventurous characters, great use of humor, and non-stop action make SWINDLE great fun to read. The easy, fast-moving pace will hold the attention of readers of all levels and will also work well as a read-aloud in many classrooms.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Courtesy of Teens Read Too March 18 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Griffin Bing had a plan. He invited everyone he could think of to a sleepover at the Old Rockford House. It was scheduled to be demolished the next day, but Griffin hoped to use the sleepover as a protest of sorts. He was very disappointed that only his best friend, Ben, showed up.

A group of the kids had the idea that the city could build a skate park on the property when the creepy old house was torn down, but the city officials had other ideas. They thought a museum was a better idea. Griffin had organized the sleepover hoping to get the attention their plan deserved. Instead, all he got was a night in his sleeping bag listening to his friend Ben snore.

Before leaving the old house, the boys did a little exploring. Griffin accidentally discovered a secret drawer, and tucked in that drawer was a card - an old baseball card with a picture of Babe Ruth. He was sure it was valuable and would help solve his parents' financial problems.

After a narrow escape from the wrecking ball, Griffin and Ben hurry to Palomino's Emporium of Collectibles and Memorabilia to get the opinion of an expert. Much to their disappointment, S. Wendell Palomino gives them bad news. The card is a reproduction and worth very little. He offers them $120, and they take the money and run.

Imagine their surprise and fury when the nightly news is carrying the story of one S. Wendell Palomino and his incredible discovery of a valuable baseball trading card valued at $1,000,000. What follows is Griffin's new plan to get back the card he believes is rightfully his.

Gordon Korman has once again created a story sure to captivate middle grade audiences. His adventurous characters, great use of humor, and non-stop action make SWINDLE great fun to read. The easy, fast-moving pace will hold the attention of readers of all levels and will also work well as a read-aloud in many classrooms.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Author Gordon Korman presents some thoughtful moral dilemmas for preteens to consider Aug. 11 2008
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When Griffin Bing, "The Man With the Plan," invites some of his buddies to spend the night at the Old Rockford House --- which is reported to be haunted and is slated for demolition the following day --- only his best friend Ben Slovak shows up.

After Ben falls asleep, Griffin is left alone with his thoughts --- and worries. Lately his parents have been talking about selling the house and moving to a less expensive neighborhood. Griffin will do anything to stay in his home and not leave his friends.

To pass time until morning, Griffin decides to investigate the old house. When he does, he stumbles across an old-fashioned desk with a tiny drawer that won't budge. But when he finds a small button and presses it, the locked drawer pops open. Wedged in the back of the drawer is a faded old card with a baseball player named GEORGE HERMAN (BABE) RUTH. Griffin immediately realizes that the card is valuable, and he hopes that by selling it, he can solve his family's financial problems.

The next morning, after avoiding disaster with a wrecking ball, he shows the card to Ben, who questions if it belongs to Griffin or the owner of the old house. After some discussion, the boys decide to take it to "Palomino's Emporium of Collectibles and Memorabilia" for appraisal.

The Emporium owner, S. Wendell (Swindle) Palomino, examines the card and convinces the boys that it's a replica --- a 40-year-old reproduction of an original Babe Ruth baseball card --- and not worth much. He gives them $120 for the card. After the transaction, Griffin watches Swindle lock the card in a portable safe behind the counter. Griffin suspects that it's worth much more, but Swindle has an explanation for everything.

Griffin gives half the money from Swindle to Ben and pockets the remainder. Later, Griffin sees Swindle on television holding up the Babe Ruth card. On camera, Swindle lies about how he it got it and announces that it will be sold to the highest bidder, estimating that the rare collectible could bring $1 million at auction.

Griffin realizes that he has been lied to, tricked and cheated, and he vows to get the card back from Swindle. He can't tell his parents, because he lied to them about where he was on the night he spent in the old house. So he has to come up with a plan to break into the store and retrieve the card. Standing in his way are a vicious Doberman guard dog, a sophisticated security system, a hidden safe, and his best friend, Ben, who has serious reservations about Griffin's scheme.

Without being overly preachy, author Gordon Korman presents some thoughtful moral dilemmas for preteens to consider. Who is the rightful owner of the card? To what lengths will Griffin go to get it back? Will he lie and steal?

SWINDLE is a novel about standing up to bullies and cheats, regardless of who they are, and accepting responsibility for one's behavior, no matter how well intentioned. More importantly, it's about loyalty, trust and consequences. While a couple of passages of dialogue sound more like adults talking than preteens, the overall message of the book is presented convincingly.

--- Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Full of Action! by C.W. From Annapolis May 18 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here is a great book that I read this year that will blow you away. Swindle, by Gordon Korman, a fiction, mystery that takes place in Rockford is about an 11 year old boy named Griffin who plans a spooky sleepover at a creepy house but is disappointed because only one person shows up, Ben, his best friend. While Griffin was searching the house that night, he finds a valuable, rare baseball card that he takes to a mean collector, named Swindle. Swindle buys it from the boys for $120 but Griffin later learns that it is really worth $1,000,000. Griffin thinks he stole it from him and tries to get back, with a little help from his friends. You'll have to read this to see what gets in their way. My favorite character was Griffin because he always had a good plan in his mind.

Ben reminded me of me because he was really intense to know things, just like me sometimes when I want to know something for a test. Also I have connection, text to self: my best friend nearly moved away because of family problems just like Griffin nearly moving away.

I liked this book because it was very interesting to find out the mystery of this book and I love mysteries. My favorite part was when Ben, Griffin, and all the others were in the house trying to get the card back. I also wish I could change in this book that Swindle was arrested because he was mean and he stole the hidden valuable card. Boys ages 9-12 in grades 4-6 would enjoy this book because it has a lot of action and stealing back and forth in it. So any boy, who likes action out there, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Appeals to kids and adults April 13 2008
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's difficult to find a book that entertains the parent reading the bedtime story as well as the child listening. We've found just a few: Charlotte's Web, The Hobbit, and Swindle. We start a lot of books, but one or the other of us lose interest. Swindle was exciting, engaging and had surprising twists.

I'll bet this one gets turned into a movie. (If it does, let's hope it's as good as the book.)
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Non-stop reading April 24 2008
By M. S. Bar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The second my 9 year-old son opened the book he could not put it down. VERY age appropriate. He absolutely loved it and after reading it he has told people about the story. We will read everything by this author if it is all as good as this book. Best purchase yet.

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